Hugh Jackman Receives Order of Australia Medal

By AAP
September 13, 2019 Updated: September 13, 2019

Australia’s own X-Man has become an AC.

Hugh Jackman received his medal as a Companion of the Order of Australia at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Friday.

“Mr Jackman’s distinguished career, his compassion and his heartfelt patriotism have brought great credit to Australia and he is deserving of our highest praise,” the governor-general’s secretary Paul Singer said.

The Hollywood and Broadway actor was recognised in June’s Queen’s Birthday honours for his contributions to the performing arts and work advocating for ending poverty.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses for photographs after being awarded an Order of Australia by The Governor-General of Australia David Hurley at Government House on Sept. 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)

At the time, he said being appointed to the highest merit in the Order of Australia was especially emotional and humbling.

“I am an immensely proud Australian, and am so grateful for the opportunities I have received by being raised there,” Jackman said.

His portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films was among the many on-screen performances lauded in the honours list.

Jackman’s stage career has also been celebrated, including the lead role in The Boy From Oz.

His philanthropic efforts include work with the Fight Cancer Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Retired Nationals leader Warren Truss, who was deputy prime minister to Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, also received his honour at Friday’s ceremony.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses for photographs after being awarded an Order of Australia by The Governor-General of Australia David Hurley at Government House on Sept. 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images)
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